Tuesday, May 16, 2017
American Frame Founder Ron Mickel Announces Retirement
After 44 years, American Frame Founder Ron Mickel announced his retirement today.
The announcement marks the completion of the transition of ownership to Mickel’s daughters, Laura Jajko and Dana Dunbar.
“Although he has not been involved with the day to day operations for quite some time now, his presence will be truly missed,” Jajko said. “Because of him and his unwavering commitment to this company, we are privileged to be who and what we are today”
Mickel began American Frame in 1973, as a mail-order https://www.americanframe.com/american-frame-story.aspx expansion of a custom picture framing service he had run out of his Toledo-area hardware store. He posted an ad for the custom-cut aluminum frames in American Artist magazine but forgot about it until the post office called to ask that he come and collect the orders overflowing from his P.O. box.
“Little did we know he had created a new industry, transforming what was once an expensive ‘professionals only’ task to an easy and affordable ‘do-it-yourself’ project for all types of picture framers- artists, photographers and DIY decorators,” Jajko said.
Today, American Frame is the country’s premier supplier of custom picture frames, mat boards, DIY framing supplies, and fine art printing services.
American Frame plans to remain in Maumee, Ohio and continue their commitment to their customers and employees.